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Importing Houseplants Into Canada
Gloria Terhaar

Houseplants have become increasingly popular over the years, along with many search queries related to; importing houseplants into Canada, documentation for importing, import plant permits, and the costs and ways to get plants across borders. Importing plants requires just as much care as the plants themselves. Today we will share the requirements for documentation needed to import plants into Canada, the types of plants regulated, and information that would help to decrease the risk of your houseplant perishing at the border.

January 26, 2023
CBSA 2023 Trade Verification List
Gloria Terhaar

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has released the verification priority list for January 2023. Today’s post will provide an overview of the list of verifications, their importance to Importers, trade compliance, and tips on how Importers can remain compliant.

January 13, 2023
Canada's Balance Of Trade
PCB Group

Assessing a country's trade balance helps establish its economic health, which could provide significant insights into import and export trade markets. In North America, Canada imports and exports millions of goods and services, which its economy depends on to prosper.

January 11, 2023
The Top Blog Posts For 2022

Information is critical in the world of trade and commerce, so in 2022 we have aimed to provide you with the most relevant content to help answer those tough-to-answer search query questions.

December 15, 2022
AMPS Under The Microscope: The Continual Evolution
Jan Brock

The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) sanctions regime that authorizes the CBSA to issue civil monetary penalties for the violation of CBSA’s trade and border legislation in the commercial stream. AMPS are intended to deter non-compliance and have been issued by CBSA for the last 20 years. Penalties are issued for non-compliance found either at the border at the time of importation or through post-release verification of company records. When a CBSA officer finds that a client has not complied with their obligations under the Customs Act, an AMPS penalty will be applied. The CBSA officer identifies the infraction and selects the appropriate contravention from the AMPS Master Penalty Document.

November 23, 2022
The Drayage Directory
Alexandra Haukaas

Have you ever heard of the term drayage and wondered what it meant? Professionals in the industry refer to drayage as delivery or ground shipping services which some can misconstrue. To narrow it down, Drayage is the crucial link in the last leg of transporting goods domestically.

November 8, 2022
Global Shipping Crisis And The Role Customs Brokers Play
Cynthia Valencia

The global shipping crisis has become everyone's problem as a direct result of international issues, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, war, more restricted policies, and unstable market demand.

November 3, 2022
Canada’s Trade Incentive Programs
Jan Brock

Canada has a number of Trade Incentive Programs to allow Canadian companies to remain competitive in the ever increasing global competitive market and to entice foreign investors to invest in Canada. Trade incentives permit companies to waive, postpone or refund some or all of the duties and taxes that would otherwise be payable. Before reviewing the many programs, let's take a look at Canada’s Foreign Trade Zone Program.

September 20, 2022
Canada’s Duty Drawback Program
Jan Brock

Canada’s Duty Drawback program is administered by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and is one of their Trade Incentive Programs which we explained in a previous blog post Canada’s Trade Incentive Program.

September 8, 2022
The CBSA Voluntary Disclosure Program
Jan Brock

CBSA has a program whereby commercial clients can correct inaccurate or incomplete information or disclose previously unreported information. When this is done voluntarily CBSA may grant monetary relief to the client. This program is known as the Voluntary Disclosure Program.

August 30, 2022